Avoiding sophomore slumps

UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen (3) against Virginia Cavaliers in the first half of a NCAA college football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen (3) against Virginia Cavaliers in the first half of a NCAA college football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015.
(Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

The UCLA football team returns in 75 days, when the Bruins take the field at College Station against Texas A&M on Sept. 3. It’ll be the start of Josh Rosen’s sophomore season after he was named Pac-12 Offensive Freshman of the Year and a freshman All-America. He passed for 3,670 yards (282.3 per game) and 23 touchdowns to 11 interceptions while completing 60 percent of his passes.

Now the question is what Rosen will do next.

To look at what’s already been done in this situation, here are a few notable, recent quarterbacks who started as true freshmen and how their sophomore seasons compared to their rookie campaigns. These quarterbacks started at least 12 games during their freshman seasons, with three of them starting all of their team’s games like Rosen did in his first year.

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WR Cordell Broadus signs with Wilhelmina Models

Cordell Broadus is apparently a man of many talents: student, football player, budding filmmaker and now model.

The redshirt freshman receiver announced Thursday he signed a contract with Wilhelmina Models, one of the biggest modeling and talent agencies in the world. The company also employs famous faces like singers Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato. The company has other L.A.-based athletes in its ranks, including L.A. Galaxy players Ariel Lassiter and Clement Diop.

Broadus rejoined the team prior to spring practice after quitting before his freshman season. He returned as a walk-on.

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Countdown: 79 days until UCLA football

I think we can all agree with defensive back Octavius Spencer: We’re definitely missing football season. Just 79 more days until Sept. 3, if you’re keeping track.

Preseason reading: Athlon Sports predicts that Josh Rosen, Conor McDermott and Eddie Vanderdoes will be All-Pac-12 first teamers this season

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UCLA links: Making UCLA men’s basketball fun again?

Incoming freshman Lonzo Ball will make an immediate impact on UCLA men's basketball. (Will Lester/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

Incoming freshman Lonzo Ball will make an immediate impact on UCLA men’s basketball. (Will Lester/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

ESPN calls UCLA commit and incoming freshman Lonzo Ball “the first player of a new age” in college basketball. But Eamonn Brennan also wonders if the dynamic Chino Hills point guard with range out to the parking lot can inject some fun into UCLA men’s basketball this season.

Perhaps the more important question is if head coach Steve Alford will let Ball bring some fun back. As explained in this great story from The Ringer (which I have shared previously), Ball is a product of an unorthodox basketball upbringing, brought up under his father LaVar’s unique system of “the only bad shot is the one you don’t practice.” We’ll see how much Alford buys into that way of playing.

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